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Pacifist Japan seeks new name for defensive strikes

'Self-defense counterattack' emerges as alternative to preemptive strike

Japan argues that attacking missile launchers when the enemy is planning an imminent attack is considered an act of self-defense.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As Japan debates whether to develop the capability to strike enemy missile bases planning an imminent attack, it has also begun searching for the right phrase to describe such capabilities.

The aim is to distinguish them from a "preemptive strike," which may be considered a breach of international law.

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